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  • Date of Birth:11/16/1942
  • Date of Casualty:3/6/1968
  • Home of Record:AVON BY THE SEA
  • County of Record:MONMOUTH COUNTY
  • State:NJ
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:CAPT
  • Panel/Row:43E, 24
  • Casualty Province:GIA DINH


  • Wall Name:DENNIS W KLEIN
  • Date of Birth:9/24/1947
  • Date of Casualty:3/6/1968
  • Home of Record:KEANSBURG
  • County of Record:MONMOUTH COUNTY
  • State:NJ
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Row:43E, 12
  • Casualty Province:TAY NINH


is honored on Panel 43E, Row 24 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • God bless you, Eddie

    Posted on 4/5/16 - by Mike Skaret
    You were my Field 1st Sergeant when I was in Basic Training at Ft. Leonard Wood and then we served together as Officer Candidates (64th Company OC) at Ft. Benning. You were an inspiration and friend to us all and I've never forgotten you. See you soon buddy, sleep well.
  • Not So Friendly Fire? Was Vietnam Soldier Killed for Stance against Confederate Flag?

    Posted on 3/10/16 - by Larry L. Kitchen now Djehuty Se Hotep
    In memory of my father.

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  • Not in vain

    Posted on 3/28/15 - by Orbry Van Ellis SFC, US Army Ret
    Lt. Eddie Kitchen Jr., I salute you. It's soldiers like you who paid the ultimate price so I can live free. This freedom I have, costed you everything and I'm grateful. When I met your daughters in high school and they talked about you, I was in awe. They showed pictures and news articles of you and I thank them for introducing us. After 22 years of military service and years of retirement you and your family are still in my thoughts. Your family kept your memory alive and because of that I will always remember you and your sacrifice. You rest on, cause your service was not in vain.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 3/7/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear 2LT Eddie Kitchen Jr, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • My Drill Instructor

    Posted on 5/20/12 - by Craig Stavnes
    I'll always remember SGT Kitchen 'welcoming' me & my fellow basic training recruits as we got off the bus in June 1966 at Ft Leonard Wood Mo. I admired (and feared) him at the same time. He encouraged me to attend OCS, which I did, serving as a Lt in the 101st Airborne in Vietnam in '68. Thanks Eddie for all you did to inspire us!!
  • keeping the falme alive

    Posted on 1/30/10 - by PFC. Webster

    To the uncle I, never none. I am the Son of Cleotha Kicthen, is my father, and I am Cleotha Webster, Jr. that out of respect To my Uncle. Love your nephew PFC.Webster , Fort Knox, KY 2009- present . Army Strong Uncle Hoo!!!!!

  • 1965 Photo Of Sgt Kitchen

    Posted on 12/9/07 - by Dennis R. Abel
    Everyone admired his devotion to duty.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 10/30/04 - by Robert Sage
    Eddie is buried at Ft Riley Post Cem.
  • To Uncle Eddie

    Posted on 4/10/03 - by Michael D. Cain, LCpl USMC
    This is a nephew who is trying to make you proud.
    I am LCpl. Michael D. Cain, USMC. I am the son of
    your Brother-in-Law Earnest. I along with your
    grandson, Pvt. Ken West, will safeguard your legacy.
  • A View To Duty-Eddie Kitchen, Jr

    Posted on 12/2/00 - by Gerald Koelling
    When our group arrived at Ft. Benning, Georgia, in 1966, to begin Officer Candidate training, the platoon to which I was assigned included a man whose military experience and background stood out from the rest, who were mainly recent college graduates. Eddie Kitchen took us under his wing, guided us, counseled us, and helped us through the rigors of the training program. I admired this man, who had the physique of a boxer, for his compassion for his fellow soldier, always, however, with a view to duty. Eddie, we came to learn, was a champion boxer in the Army. He could well have served out his career in that capacity. He wanted to be an officer, and took this opportunity to advance in the Army. He was a family man, proudly carrying photographs of his wife and children. He always had a smile on his face. He was a quiet, yet gregarious man. He never failed to inquire about problems which confronted many of us, and he offered assistance and suggestions. Then came our orders, most receiving assignment to RVN as 1542s. Each day in the field, of course, our thoughts were on that day with little appreciation of what our friends from Benning were undergoing. The periodic arrival of the Stars and Stripes, tattered from handling, and smeared with the red mud of the Central Highlands, focused us on the MIA listings, which we all knew usually meant more than that. When I saw Eddie's name, my stomach sank. How could it happen to him? He was bigger, stronger, than that. I do not know the circumstances of that event, nor do I care to know. I do know, however, that when it occurred, Eddie was doing what he had to do, for his country, his family, the Army, his friends, comrades, and unit. I needed to put this in writing to let his loved ones know that there are still some of out there who knew and respected Eddie and understand his sacrifice, that he carried out his obligations with compassion and a view to duty. God Bless you, Eddie Kitchen, Jr.

    12-2-00: Anyone who reads this and knew Eddie and who has a photograph of Eddie please contact me at This is for his relative Cleo who has never seen him or a photo of him. Please see the next remembrance. Gerald Koelling.

    Posted on 9/19/00 - by cleo
    For the uncle that I never met , my name is cleotha webster jr.

    the jr is for u uncle. u + unknown + n + nephew + c = cleotha + L = love that we never shared.

    + E = forever in Life and Eternity.


The Wall of Faces

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